Nov 8, 2012 7:30am EST
by 0.5%, and the cac 40 in paris gaining 0.4%. earlier, asian stock prices were mostly lower on thursday following an overnight tumble in the u.s. sentiment was weighed down heavily as investors anticipate a fiscal cliff in the u.s. tokyo's nikkei average ended 1.5% lower, extending losses to four days. south korea's kospi lost 1.1%. hong kong shares were down 2.4%. looking at currencies, the yen is keeping a firm tone against the dollar and euro. traders are buying safer currencies like the yen due to a cautious outlook for the global economy. the dollar/yen right now 79.81 po 85. the dollar is also lower against the yen, currently 101.75 to 75. many market players are on the sidelines ahead of a european bank central policy meeting later today. >>> some key japanese economic indicators came out on thursday. they all show signs of a slowdown in business activities. the current account surplus for september shrank for first time in two months. this is a broad measure of foreign trade. finance ministry officials say the account surplus stood at $6.3 billion. that's down about
Nov 14, 2012 7:30am EST
a look at the major benchmarks in europe. london's ftse 100 is down by 1%. in paris the cac 40 is down by .30%. that's all now in business news. i'll leave you now with a recap of market figures. >>> clear skies in tokyo but rough weather up north. rachel ferguson has more. rachel. >> hi. we've been following a storm moving through western and northern japan. we've been seeing heavy rainfall. we could get another 80 to 100 millimeters of rain in the next 24 hours. some strong winds with that too. gusts of 90 kilometers an hour have been recorded. there was even a tornado in wakaima. we don't see them so frequently in japan, but they're certainly not completely out of the question when we have a storm like this. there's one that came down over water. quite a tight funnel cloud earlier on in the day. so these kinds of conditions are going to persist on into thursday and it should start to clear up a little bit after that. meanwhile, the continent is looking very dry. that's also going to change. we have a rain event starting to develop in central china and it will move up to the northeas
Nov 15, 2012 7:30am EST
almost 0.5%, and the cac 40 in paris declining by 0.5%. meanwhile, share prices across the asian europe was lower everywhere but japan because of the expectations to reach an agreement before the fiscal cliff fades. the kospi shed 1.2%. chinese stocks extended losses after the closely watched announcement of the new leadership in the country. the shanghai composite fell 1.2%. hong kong's hang seng slipped 1.5%. let's take a look at currencies. the yen fell to its lowest level in more than six months against the dollar. the dollar/yen 81.14-18. investors feel japan's general election next month may bring in a government that will carry out more monetary easing. the euro is recovering to the 103-yen level, now at 103.58 to 61. >>> representatives from japan's farming sector rallied in tokyo. they're urging the government not to take part in talks on a free trade deal under the trans-pacific partnership. japan has been in talks with countries involved in the u.s.-led trade negotiations. about 1,500 people gathered at the rally sponsored by the central union of agricultural cooperatives. >>
Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
of the samples. it will take them several months to release results. arafat died in 2004 in paris. a documentary by the tv network al jazeera prompted investigators to reopen his case. it said traces of highly toxic radioactive material had been detected on his clothing and other perm belongings. some palestinians believe israel assassinated the late leader. israeli officials deny the claim. >>> analysts at an american satellite imagery firm are raising red flags about a new picture they've taken of north korea. they say the recent photo of a recent facility shows increased activity, and they warn north korean authorities could be preparing for another launch similar to the one that happened last april. digitalglobe released the image of the facility in tongchang-ri in the country's northwest. photo was taken on november 23rd. it shows a new tent, trucks, and many fuel tanks. digitalglobe analysts say north korean authorities could carry out a missile launch in the next three weeks. earlier, u.s. satellite images of the facility showed what are believed to be parts of a long-range ballistic miss
Nov 6, 2012 6:00am PST
with a high of 3. the low is at minus 1 for you on your wednesday. meanwhile, london at 10 and paris at 12. now here's a look at your extended forecast. ♪ >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. for all of us here at nhk world, thanks for joining us.
Nov 7, 2012 6:00am PST
an paris. here's a look at your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more in 30 minutes. from all of us here in nhk world, thanks for joining us.
Nov 8, 2012 6:00am PST
europe in the single digits, moscow with a high of 6, kiev at 9, and london and paris both at 11 and 12 here starting off your weekend. now let's take a look at your extended forecast. ♪ >>> one more story before we go. a concert was held in vienna featuring the 18th century piano that wolfgang amadeus mozart played in his home. ♪ russian pianist alexander melnikov played the instrument before a small audience at mozart house. the museum and what was once mozart's residence. the piano was sent to vie yaen that from salzburg for the first time since the composer's death more than 200 years ago. the contincert featured pieces composed in that very house. >> we can say that objectively it is an incredible piano and it sounds in such a special way that i believe it can move one to tears. >> the piano is believed to have been made in 1780. mozart bought it soon after he settled in vienna and played it until he died in 1791. the piano is about a meter wide, much smaller than the ones made today. it also has a lighter tone. >> well, it's a shame to know since -- to know what it might have
Nov 12, 2012 6:00am PST
degrees in london, we're seeing 10 in paris, around 10 in berlin as well as vie yaen that, through to kiev, 6 degrees, 6 in warsaw, and also down towards the south, we're managing to stay in the 20s in rome as well as athens. i'll leave you now to your extended forecast. ♪ >>> oyster growers in mia ga prefecture, northeastern japan, are back in business. they've made their first regular shipment since last year's tsunami devastated their industry. the region is famous for its abundant seafood. the district in higashi is known for its large oysters. about 30 workers were busy shucking oysters at a facility on monday. last year's tsunami swept away most of the local farmers' rafts, seriously depleting the supply. growers were able to resume regular farming this season, but their output is about 40% of predisaster levels. >> reporter: we are proud of the oysters. i promise we'll be able to ship full-grown ones next year. >> the farmers say their oysters grew slower than usual due to the hot, dry summer. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
Nov 14, 2012 6:00am PST
mark in london as well as in paris. 8, in fact on thursday. out towards the east, moscow hitting 4 degrees on thursday. and then down across the south, of course, a little bit warmer 18 in athens as well as madrid. up to 20 in rome. and in lisbon. here now is your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
Nov 16, 2012 6:00am PST
and paris with a pair of 12s. now here's a look at your extended forecast. ♪ >>> recapping our top story, people in japan will vote in a general election next month. prime minister yoshihiko noda dissolved the lower house of the diet. >> the speaker of the lower house announced the dissolution of the chamber. voting day is december 16th. noda later said he is keeping the promise he made to seek a new mandate after reforming the social security and tax systems. he said the main focus of the election is whether to move forward or go back to the old political ways of the liberal democratic party, currently the main opposition. noda's democratic party beat the ldp in the 2009 election. >>> senior diplomats from japan and north korea have wrapped up a round of talks in mongolia. they discussed a number of outstanding issues, including the abduction of japanese nationals during the 1970s and '80s. delegates from japan and north korea ended a two-day meeting friday in mongolia's capital, ulan bator. one of the main items on their agenda was tokyo's request to solve the abductions issue. >> tran
Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
are going to remain on the cool side here. single digits in the east. london and paris both getting up to 12 and 11. now let's take a look at your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
's not until about monday or tuesday. for the time being, single-digit temperatures in london and paris. moscow, looking at two for the high on your friday. now here's a look at your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
are cooling off here in london and paris. overnight temperatures around zero and the highs only at 5 on your saturday. now here's a look at your extended forecast. ♪ >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. for all of us here at nhk world, thanks for joining us. have a great day wherever you are.
Nov 13, 2012 7:00pm PST
will be feeling those showers in the next 24 to 48. temperature wise madrid at 18 degrees and paris at 10 and very chilly and biting cold in moscow with 3 for your high. here is our extended forecast. >>> our lead story this hour, members of china's communist party are wrapping up their national congress in beijing. many delegates wonder whether departing president huh jin pou will keep hold of power. they include a president with a theory on sustainable growth and they give the same importance to his principles as those of other past leaders. delegates will select about 200 members of the central committee. those members will in turn select a new leader, something that only happens once in a decade. much has already been decided. communist leaders have sent out signals for months that vice president xi jinping will take over as the general secretary. the central committee will then select the standing committee, the apex of power in china. nine people currently sit on the board. that could be reduced to seven. of the current members only xi and khung are expected to remain. some inside the party
Nov 22, 2012 7:00pm PST
's not until about monday or tuesday. for the time being, single digit temperatures in london and paris. as we look off toward the east, moscow only looking at 2 here for your high on your friday. now here's a look at your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
Nov 6, 2012 7:30am EST
by .5%. the dax is up by .55%. in paris, the cac 40 is up by about .7%. meanwhile asian stocks are mixed on tuesday. in in tokyo the nikkei average closed below the key 9,000 level for the first time in three trading days ending at 8,975, down about .4%. australia's s&p asx 200 rose a quarter percent after the central bank kept its interest rates unchanged at 3.25%. the shanghai composite index extended losses for the second day to close at 2,106, down about .4%. >>> taking a look at the four x market, the yen is giving up earlier gains ahead of the u.s. election. after trading lower, 102 yen levels. >>> japan has decided to ease restrictions on beef imports from the united states. the government has made the decision after a panel of experts reported that the step will post no safety risk. u.s. beef imports will start to increase from as early as the beginning of next year. >>> japan's health ministry decided to allow imports of beef from cattle 30 months or younger. that is on condition that the brain and spinal cord continue to be removed. these are parts where the pathogen of mad cow
Nov 7, 2012 7:30am EST
100 is up by about .4%. dax is also up about .4%. in paris, the cac 40 is up about .7%. market players remain cautious as they wait to see the vote by greek lawmakers on the austerity package later in the day. >>> earlier asian stock prices were mostly higher on wednesday. hong kong shares were up about .7%. singapore rose .8%. nikkei average ended marginally lower extending losses to three days. >>> finally a quick look at currencies, the dollar is gaining ground against the yen and euro on the hope that obama's re-election would help prop up the u.s. economy now exchanging hands 80.38 to 39. euro quoted at 12818 to 19. >>> a japanese government panel will draw up a timetable for overhauling the nation's power supply system by the end of this year. an industry ministry task force resumed talks on the reforms on wednesday. that's after the government came up with a new energy policy in september. the policy requires phasing out the reliance on nuclear power and greater use of green energy. under the plan households would be able to choose their power suppliers. the task force also call
Nov 9, 2012 7:30am EST
by almost half of 1%. frankfurt, the dax down by a percent. the cac 40 in paris declining by about .25%. earlier in the day most asian stocks meanwhile closed lower. in tokyo the nikkei average ended a three-week low falling nearly 1%. australian shares shed about a half percent. in main land china, the shanghai edged down 0.1%. the downside was supported by the news on china's relatively stable cpi. the yen is trading higher against the dollar and the euro due to concerns about u.s. budget issues and uncertainties over fresh assistance for greece. the dollar now changing hands at 79.23 to 25 yen. the euro currently at 1.27 to 75 yen. >>> china's industrial productions in sales picked up in october. the latest data shows the country's economy has started getting traction again. china's national bureau of statistics says industrial out put climbed over 9% from a year earlier. it was the second straight month of gainless. the pace of growth was 0.4% faster than in september. meanwhile retail sales were up more than 14%. the increase was 0.3% more than in the previous month. earlier in th
Nov 13, 2012 7:30am EST
the board down about 1%. london ftse 100 is down about .9%. and the dax down about 1%. and in paris, the crack 40 is down by 1%. investors are becoming less willing to take risk because a decision on the bailout fund for greece has been put off till next week. in tokyo the nikkei extended losses to seven days. chinese stocks were treated because of fierce that the on going communist party congress would make little change in economic policies. let's have a look at currencies. the euro is losing ground against the yen. investors are keeping a wary eye on the debt situation in greece. the yen is quoted at 100- 75-79. >>> many countries are now seeking to diversify their energy sources. industry ministry officials in japan are aiming to launch the world's first futures trading market for liquefied natural gas. they hope to put it into effect by march 2014 to bring down lng prices. liquid natural gas prices have surged since the fukushima daiichi plant accident, it led to shutdowns of all but two reactors in the country. the commodity has been traded at a premium since the link to crude
Nov 16, 2012 7:30am EST
's shares down by almost 0.7%. frankfurt the dax declining by 0.6%. in paris the cac 40 declining by 0.4%. moving on to currencies the dollar is little changed against the yen after japan's lower house was dissolved in the afternoon. the euro is fluctuating in a narrow range currently quoted at 103.32-36. >>> the new leaders of china were announced on thursday. on where the chinese economy will go from here we spoke to steven wong, an associate professor at the university of hong kong. >> i don't think there is a dramatic difference between the two in terms of economic policy. the goal is to try to achieve a reasonable economic growth as well as to balance the need of structural reform. currently the growth is moderate so i would expect the government would continue the economic reform on a very cautious manner. >> reporter: at the most recent communist party conference economic goals were set. they were a doubling in the country's gdp and average income by 2020. steven wong says it is likely to be achieved with the consecutive growth of 7% per year but the quality is important. >> bal
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
much of europe, moscow only 2 for your high. london and paris, both at a pair of 11s in the middle of your week. now here's a look at your extended forecast. ♪ >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. from all of us here at nhk world, thanks for joining us.